Interior Design | How to Create a Designer Garland Reply

December 1st is here at last. . .

“Trim up the tree with Christmas stuff like bingle balls, and whofoo fluff. Trim up the town with goowho gums and bizilbix and wums. Trim every blessed window and trim every blessed door. Hang up whoboohoo bricks, then run out and get some more!”

Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite children’s author and the world’s most genius wordsmith (yes, I do believe he is). You may remember learning to read from some of his classics like, “Green Eggs and Ham” , “The Cat in The Hat” or “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”, but my all time favorite has to be, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. It seems like yesterday when we couldn’t wait to watch the annual television presentation of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. I enjoyed watching every scene, singing every song, and following along with the script out loud! Even today, that green grumpy Grinch continues to be a part of my family’s Christmas tradition. I wonder, could it be that that’s where my passion for decorating for Christmas comes from…or as in Who-ville, it’s just because I like Christmas a lot!?

It’s clearly evident that I like Christmas a lot, and I look forward to decorating for the holiday inside and out. This year we are changing things up from our traditional white light decor to adding festive color and more, more, MORE! Sorry, I couldn’t resist adding that little “Seuss-rhyme”.  I’ve been designing 27′ of colorful lighted garlands and a new wreath for the front entry, and wanted to share with you how-to create your own designer garland. Although sharing an actual video would be nice, it’s only 5:30 a.m., 17 degrees out with snow on the ground, and I’m staying in my bathrobe . . . you’ll just have to bear with me while I use my words!

Step 1: Gather Your Garland Supplies

What you will need: Garland (artificial or fresh, with or without lights), floral wire, scissors, wire cutters, assortment of ornaments (non-breakable is best for storage), pine cones.

Step 2: Get Organized

If you are using wired artificial garland, stretch it out and fluff up the limbs to look natural before adding decorations.

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Sort ornaments by color, size, style and finish. I purchased a 70 piece variety set in red, green and gold for each 9′ garland.

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Step 3: Create Your Floral Picks (picks are items wired for attachment)

Wire up your pine cones. Cut a 8-10″ fine floral wire and wrap and secure by twisting around the base of the pine cone.  Layout your pine cones spacing them out using an odd number of cones (traditionally 3, 5, 7, 9, etc.). Attach wired pine cones to the garland when you are happy with the layout. Tip: Wear lightweight gloves when handling pine cones, they can be prickly and difficult to handle!

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Organize ornaments into small groupings of 3. I like mixing different colors, styles and finishes to create my ornament picks.  Wire them together. Tip: You may have single ornaments left over that we will use later, go ahead add wire to them.

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Step 4: Assemble the Garland

You should have all of the pine cones wired onto the garland before adding ornaments (see above). Begin adding the ornaments. Start with the largest ornaments making sure to space them out evenly along the garland length.  Remember to use odd numbers if possible. Tip: Layout your ornaments before wiring to garland. Once you are happy with the layout, go back and wire them in.

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Layout your sets of 3 ornaments next to the pine cones and large ornaments. Wire in when you are happy with the layout. Tip: Stagger the ornaments so you don’t end up with a straight line of color.

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Continue adding clusters and individual ornaments to open needy spaces on the garland.

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Fluff up the greenery for a more natural look.

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Congratulations. . .you are ready to deck the halls! Tip: If you are installing your garland outside and want to add ribbon, be sure to use wired ribbon appropriate for outdoor use.

I hope you enjoyed learning about my inspirational roots to Dr. Seuss and my passion for Christmas decor.  Whether you choose to decorate a little or a lot this holiday season, you can save significant money by building your own designer decorations such as garlands and wreaths*. Click here to learn how-to build a designer Christmas Wreath.

Well, it’s time to push back from the keyboard, get dressed, and hang our designer garland!  I want to leave you with one of my favorite lines from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” that helps keep me grounded amongst the hustle and bustle of the season, “Christmas…It came without ribbons!… it came without tags!… it came without packages, boxes, or bags!”

Welcome Christmas, welcome indeed!

Corinne Gail

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Holiday Entertaining and Design | Our 12 Favorite Christmas Cookie Designs Reply

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there . . .  Be sure to set out a plate of cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.  Here are our 12 Favorite Christmas Cookie Designs!

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For the ambitious architect in all of us…what a beautiful Gingerbread castle!

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Pretty cool, huh?  Happy baking to all, and to all a good night!

Tis’ the season. . .

Corinne Gail

*We do not receive compensation for products or services mentioned in this article.

Interior Design | Create a Designer Christmas Wreath 1

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…fa la la la la, la la la la!  Turkey day is over and now it’s time to embrace the warmth of the Christmas season.  Did you know designer wreaths cost upwards of $300?  And did you know that you can make your own designer wreath for a fraction of the cost?

Here is an easy to follow guide to help you create your own Designer Christmas Wreath.  Make one for your home, one for a friend, or donate one to a special family in need!

You will need a wreath, wreath decorations, wired ribbon, floral wire & tape, wire nippers and a hot glue gun. Visit your favorite local craft store or check out Michaels or Hobby Lobby for complete floral supplies.

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Have fun creating your Designer Christmas Wreath! Send us your Christmas decor photos, we would love to see them.  Be sure to visit us on Pinterest for more fun and creative Christmas decor ideas!

Tis’ the season!

Corinne Gail

*We do not receive compensation for products or services mentioned in this article.

Interior Design | Holidays by Corinne Gail Reply

The holidays are just around the corner. . .set the perfect holiday experience for your family and friends!

Holidays by Corinne Gail brings that designer touch to your table and home decor.

Appointments are booking up fast!  Contact us today www.corinnegailinteriordesign.com for all your holiday design needs!

Interior Design | Holidays by Corinne Gail Reply

Thanksgiving Entertaining 2012

The holidays are just around the corner. . .set the perfect holiday experience for your family and friends!

Holidays by Corinne Gail brings that designer touch to your table and home decor.

Appointments are booking up fast!  Contact us today www.corinnegailinteriordesign.com for all your holiday decorating needs!

Interior Design | Deck the halls… Reply

Deck the halls, light up the tree, and illuminate the neighborhood all in the good spirit of the holiday season!  The holidays are a special time that we seem to be addicted to lighting, but does it really matter if we use LED, CFL, halogen, or incandescent bulbs to make the season merry and bright?  The answer is yes it does, and knowing what options are out there can help you determine which bulb will best fit your holiday decorating and lifestyle needs.  However, since we are on the topic of lighting, there is one thing I would like to mention regarding important changes you should be aware of, the phasing out of incandescent bulbs.  Although initially you may not notice a significant impact from this federally backed phase out, ultimately this decision will affect the way you light your world.
The federal phase out of incandescent light bulbs is set to commence throughout the 2012 fiscal year.  Consumers need to be aware that the first casualty of this order is the 100-watt incandescent bulb, and you can expect limited availability of the 100-watt bulb real soon.  In place of relying on 100-watt incandescent bulbs, consider energy-conserving options such as LEDs, CFLs or halogen alternatives.  By switching to the latest lighting technology you will save money and conserve energy too!
Here is some basic information for you when determining which energy conserving option to choose.  It’s important to consider the pros and cons of each lamp/bulb type including; bulb brightness, longevity, and initial cost, all of which will help guide your decision.
Incandescent lamps (some familiar bulb (lamp) styles; A10 traditional household bulb, and C7, C9 holiday lights) tend to emit a warm light and are relatively inexpensive to purchase.  They are the most common source of household lighting and are available in an array of styles and colors including the option of frost or clear glass.  Incandescent bulbs require a lot of electricity to operate, generate heat, and are short lived compared to other available lamps.
Halogen lamps, closely related to the incandescent bulb, produce a focused bright white light, have a better illumination quality using the same amount of electricity as an incandescent bulb, and last longer…typically halogens use 50 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs.  Halogen bulbs are perfect for accent lighting and have no mercury waste, but are about three times more expensive than incandescent bulbs, but still cost less then CFLs.  Please be aware that halogen bulbs burn much hotter than incandescent and other bulbs, making them more of a significant fire hazard and burn risk.
Compact Fluorescent Lamps, aka CFLs most commonly recognized as a spiral style bulb, emit a cool light and initially cost slightly more than incandescent bulbs.  CFLs are considered energy-efficient since they use up to 80 percent less energy and can last up to 18 times longer than incandescent lamps.  They are available in a variety of watts, shapes and colors, but a downside to using CFLs is that not all are dimmable and they need time to “warm up” to fully illuminate a space.  Also, consumers need to be aware that CFLs contain levels of mercury, a substance that is toxic to people, animals and the environment.  Special handling should be exercised and proper recycling measures need to be followed when disposing of these lamps. http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/promotions/change_light/downloads/Fact_Sheet_Mercury.pdf
Light Emitting Diode aka LEDs, are one of today’s most popular choices in lighting options and holiday decorating.  LEDs are very efficient, emit a cool bright light, have a long lamp life, low heat output, and use very little electricity compared to incandescent.  LEDs typically last for about 50,000 hours, or seven years and have extraordinary design flexibility in color changing, dimming, and are available in many shapes, colors, and sizes.  When deciding if you should switch over to LEDs, one should consider the fact that the initial cost is very high…more so than CFLs and incandescent bulbs, and replacement LED bulbs may not be available.
Just remember come January 2012, there will be changes to lighting options you will have access to…However, whatever alternative lighting options you choose, understanding the differences between LEDs, CFLs, incandescent and halogen bulbs, will help you make the most appropriate choices to save you money and conserve energy when lighting your world!
For more information about lighting options for your world, contact me today at www.corinnegailinteriordesign.com.
Happy Holidays!
Corinne Gail